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Shuttle KPC K45-Black Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel Dual-Core E2000 series / Celeron D 400 series Intel Socket T(LGA775) Intel 945GC Intel GMA 950 KPC Barebone

  • Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel Dual-Core E2000 series / Celeron D 400 series Intel Socket T(LGA775)
  • Intel 945GC ICH7
  • 2 x 240Pin DIMM DDR2 667
  • Intel GMA 950
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Just because you work in a cube doesn't mean everything has to be ugly. The K-45 Perfect Cube Mini PC barebone system from Shuttle is a space and power saving system that's a great choice for everyday tasks. It can handle LGA775 processors from the Celeron D through Core 2 Duo and up to 2GB of DDR2 667 memory.

The glossy black front cover has a removable clear panel that you can put your favorite picture behind, or you can change images depending on your mood so other people coming into your space can be . . . forewarned.

Though the case is small, there's plenty of room for external expansion. Four USB 2.0 ports give you a multitude of options for external devices. A PCI expansion slot allows you to add more powerful video or other capabilities as needed. Power, efficiency and attractiveness - Shuttle hit the trifecta with the K-45!

  • newegg Customizable Front Panel Insert your memorable photos or favorite panel images behind the Shuttle KPC K45-Black's crystal panel to match your mood or your home décor.
  • newegg Compact Cube Design With a compact cube design, the Shuttle KPC K45-Black adds style to your desk without taking much of the desktop space.
  • newegg Intel Socket T (LGA 775) CPUs Support With the Shuttle KPC K45-Black's support for Socket T (LGA 775) processors, choose the processor from Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Dual-Core E2000 and Celeron D 400 series to match your budget and performance needs.
  • newegg Integrated Intel GMA 950 Graphics Core The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (GMA 950) graphics core is an intelligent and responsive graphics engine built into the onboard Intel 945GC chipset. This integration provides incredible visual quality, faster graphics performance and flexible display options without the need for a separate graphics card.
  • newegg Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity The Shuttle KPC K45-Black features a fast Gigabit network interface for high-speed LAN connections at up to 1000Mbps data transfer rates with advanced security features to ward off malicious attacks. Gigabit LAN is ideal for supercharged seamless streaming of Internet audio and video content.

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General

Brand
Shuttle
Series
KPC
Model
K45-Black

CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel Dual-Core E2000 series / Celeron D 400 series
CPU Socket
Intel Socket T(LGA775)
FSB
1066/800MHz

Chipset

North Bridge
Intel 945GC
South Bridge
ICH7

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2 x 240Pin DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR2 667
Max Memory Supported
2GB
Dual Channel Memory Supported
Yes

Expansion Slots

PCI
1

Storage

IDE ATA
1 x ATA 100
Serial ATA
2 x SATA 3.0Gb/s

Graphics

Onboard Video
Intel GMA 950

Audio

Onboard Audio
Realtek ALC662
Channel
6-CH

Communications

First LAN
Marvell 88E8056(10/100/1000Mbps)
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Back Panel Ports

PS/2
2
COM
1
LPT
1
VGA
1 x D-Sub
Rear USB
4
RJ45
1
Rear Audio Ports
3 jacks

Power Supply

Input
100- 240V AC
Power Supply
100W

Physical SPEC

Dimensions
11" x 7.5" x 6.7"

Packaging

Package Contents
K45-Black
Driver Disk
Power Cord
SATA Cable
Screws

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  • David L.
  • 3/5/2009 3:27:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsQuiet with ICE Genie

Pros: Small, inexpensive, good build quality. Supports optical drive if you need one with Newegg part # N82E16856997006.

Cons: I started with the Intel stock cooler included with the Celeron 430. It is really noisy! So noisy that I couldn't hear any noise from the power supply fan that everyone complains about.

I tried a Zalman Fan Mate 2 to slow down the Intel fan, but even at low fan speeds there was a vibration component to the noise that I found very objectionable.

Other Thoughts: I needed a NAS/backup/media server. After looking at several bring-your-own-disk NAS enclosures, I realized that with the K45 I could build a fully-functional PC for less money.

I built mine with Celeron 430 (and it's included cooler), 1GB Kingston Value RAM, Antec 3-speed 92mm fan (at lowest speed), and 2 x 1TB WD Caviar Green drives. The system came up on the first try, and I was able to install Ubuntu from a USB flash drive using unetbootin with no problems.

The Intel cooler was easy to install. Just press the 2 diagonally opposite pins AT THE SAME TIME. I didn't see any warping of the motherboard as others have reported. And even though the cooler is off center, it keeps the CPU cool (28-31 degrees C).

I finally got tired of the Intel cooler fan noise, and got an ICE Genie from Shuttle. This replaces both CPU cooler and case fan. Much quieter and just as cool. Now I can finally hear the power supply fan. It's noise is noticeable, but not objectionable to me.

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  • Stephanie M.
  • 2/26/2009 6:04:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Home Computer Base

Pros: The K45 is a great barebone. It wasn't made to be a portable gaming computer or video-editing workhorse, since you can't install a high-end video card. But for someone who wants to build a casual-gaming, web-browsing, e-mail-getting, homework-doing computer, this is a great inexpensive base to build a system on.

I was able to install 4GB RAM with no problems - the specs say only 2GB memory max.

I have two of these, one running Server 2008 as a basic file server & another for running XP Pro as a homebrew DVR. Since both these systems are running 24x7, the low power consumption is a huge plus. Since they're really idle most of the time, I'd guess I'm guessing they don't draw much more than 45-50W each. They probably draw 80W under use, but the CPU's aren't pushed to the max for what I use them for.

There's 4 USB ports for an external CD-ROM drive, additional hard drives or a keyboard & mouse. It also has PS/2 slots if you need to free up the USB ports.

Cons: I'd like another bay for a hard drive.

A PCIe slot instead of a standard PCI slot would be nice, but with a 100W PSU, I don't know how much power a PCIe device would pull.

I wish the ICE Genie was available for after-market purchase. There is limited room in such a small system, and while a standard retail Intel heatsink & fan is all that will fit, doesn't deliver enough heat dissipation. The system runs very warm with a 65W CPU, so follow others' recommendations & go with a 45W CPU. If you go with a 65W CPU, I'd definitely recommend buying a 92mm fan for the back of the cube - it cools the computer 10-fold. I ran my first system for a short while without one, and it was hot to the touch in the back & on the sides.

Other Thoughts: I run a Pentium D 940 Presler dual-core CPU (65W) in each cube with a vanilla low-profile 775 heatsink & fan. They also each have a 92mm fan in the back for cooling.

System 1: XP Pro, 2GB RAM, 1x80GB PATA hard drive, 1x640GB SATA hard drive, a Hauppauge PVR350 PCI card.

System 2: Server 2008 x64, 2x1TB SATA hard drives, 4GB RAM

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/25/2009 9:25:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsdecent htpc

Pros: small fits 2 hardrives and slim dvd. Runs cool with e1200. This thing had no problem playing blue ray.

Cons: LOUD psu fan

Other Thoughts: I was going to use this a htpc. After haing it in the living room for a few weeks. The noisy fan is just to much. Decided to turn it into a Ubuntu music/File server. If the psu was quieter would be great htpc.

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  • Jonathan G.
  • 2/20/2009 9:47:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Server Platform

Pros: Small, quiet, inexpensive, Shuttle warranty, accepts modern Intel processors, reliable.

Cons: The Intel ICH7/GMA950 combo is getting old and it shows. This is not a gaming platform, but will work well in office productivity or server tasks. Single PCI 2.0 slot limits upgrade options.

Other Thoughts: Purchased primarily to run as a second desktop using Linux, paired with an Intel E7200 processor and 2 Gigabytes of RAM. I've had this little box running Arch Linux turned on for a good 2 months straight with no power-downs and no problems. Installed Windows 7 beta for kicks and was surprised it used the Aero interface with few hiccups.

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  • Brian W.
  • 2/14/2009 5:31:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggscpu cooler off-center

Pros: The usual, same things everyone else has pointed out.

Cons: Aside from the same things everyone else has pointed out,
the mounts for the cpu cooler are NOT CENTERED over the cpu!! It sort of works ok, barely, but it is NOT a good solution to use a standard cpu cooler on this motherboard.
We really need a special one that places the center of the pressure also off-center to match where the cpu is.

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  • tommy l.
  • 2/10/2009 2:57:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGood things Come In Small Package..

Pros: Small, Portable, Extra IDE Port, Support up to 4GIG RAM(Even though it said it support up to 2 GIG, the board does support up to 4GIG RAM), Stylish.

Cons: The biggest pain is installing the heatsink fan. You have to apply so much pressure to snap it in place on the CPU that you have to remove the motherboard and use your thumb on the end of the board to apply more pressure. Just becareful. Don't bother installing the fan while the board is still screw on the case . The board suspension on the case causing a cushion which makes it hard to apply pressure to snap the fan in place.

Other Thoughts: The SATA cable can be used for a harddrive while the extra IDE slot can use for a DVD-ROM. Just get a long IDE Cable to pull it out of the back. There's a hole for it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/8/2009 7:57:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Little PC

Pros: Very small, ps is very quiet.

Cons: None really, just make sure you get a quiet hard drive. My hard drive is really the only thing I hear. Also wish it had a place for cd drive but you really can't complain because of its size.

Other Thoughts: Great for tight spaces.

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  • Todd H.
  • 2/4/2009 3:42:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsNice little box

Pros: Small, solid construction. Very low power needs - great for an always-on mini server that you sometimes use for websurfing. It will definitely take 4 Gig of memory, even though the specs say 2 (shows as 3.4 in XP - that's XP's limit). There is room for a laptop optical drive in the top; it will need the slotted faceplate kit (unless you want to cut the stock faceplate).

Cons: Could be smaller? :-) The fan in the Power Supply is notorious for having an annoying whine. The green and orange LEDs next to the DIMM slots don't seem to do anything but look pretty - I thought it was a system fault until I realized it was just telling me there was a DIMM installed. Would have liked a little more flexibility in the fan settings in BIOS - it just has Full, Mid, Low, Ultra-Low, and Smart, which never seems to ramp up from Ultra-Low.

Other Thoughts: This is not a gaming rig, but I'm not a gamer. Mine is running XP (and Ubuntu and Windows 7 Beta via VMware). I added a 92mm Scythe Kama PWM exhaust fan and replaced the stock Celeron cooler with a discarded Core2Duo cooler (copper core and PWM fan); both heat and noise plummeted. I replaced the whiny PSU fan with a Scythe Mini-Kaze 40mm (five bucks and had to splice two wires), and the box is almost silent. I may mod the faceplate to bring two of the internal USBs out the front - there's a hole in the sheet metal for it. If I used a USB-to-SATA adapter to run the 2.5" system drive, I could mount it on the side of the drive cage and add another 1TB of storage...

Celeron 430 (might go to a Core2Duo Wolfdale later)
4 GB RAM (2xCrucial 2GB DDR800)
40 GB Seagate 2.5" system drive
1 TB Western Digital Caviar Green data drive
LG Slim DVD-RW salvaged from a laptop

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  • Farzon A.
  • 1/28/2009 6:14:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerforms!

Pros: -Small, Quiet, cheap, and uses only 51watts fully loaded.
-Mykover is neat. I wish they did this on other models (besides the k45/k48)
-In my testing this box actually supports 3GB of memory, not the 2GB in the specs. I used 2GB + 1GB sticks of memory.
-PCI slot of expansion.
-Beautiful finish on the case. Everyone likes the look of these.

Cons: -No PCIe slot. This is a concern for anything who is moving high volume of traffic over the PCI bus (132mb limit).
-The standard CPU fan that comes on Intel CPU's, is a pain to attach correctly on these shuttles. It does go on, but it's a pain.

Other Thoughts: I have bought 5 of these in the past month or so and I am very happy. They are very quiet (almost can't hear them). I did buy a 92mm ($14) fan for each unit, maybe that's what keeps mine quiet (as I see people on these reviews complain about the noise)?

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  • Brian S.
  • 1/26/2009 10:11:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far, so good

Pros: Very simple. Sleek. Install of everything inside was easy, seemed a little more spacious inside than I was expecting. Had cpu, hd, wireless network card, etc installed and up and running in under an hour.

Cons: Fan on the power supply is a bit loud (I'm usually not one to complain either). Really not a problem, just also be aware you'll need an external CD drive of sorts for installs and such as this is not the model with the external drive slot.

Other Thoughts: Bought this as a small form PC to go in my kitchen and coordinate with my slingbox to work as a kitchen TV and media PC. Just put it on top of the cabinets, you barely notice it's there (other than hearing the power supply fan, which is a bit on the loud side as I said). Very happy with this as it was exactly what I was looking for.

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